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24-year-old Man Dies In Florida Snowmobiling Accident
Staff Reports,
05:03PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2019
FLORIDA, Mass. — A 24-year-old man died in a snowmobiling accident Saturday evening.   The District Attorney's Office said Camron Howland lost control of the vehicle just before 7 p.m. Saturday evening and struck a tree on Monroe Road in Florida.    The circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation.   State Police Cheshire Barracks, Massachusetts State Police Berkshire Detective Unit, Florida Fire Department and EMS, North Adams Police Department, State Police Crime Scene Services, Massachusetts Environmental Police, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded

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Sweet Brook Farm Barn, Sugar House Destroyed in Fire
By Stephen Dravis,
10:06PM / Monday, February 25, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a day spent battling downed wires and tree limbs as a result of Monday's high winds, emergency officials spent Monday evening battling a fire that broke out at Sweet Brook Farm.

The farm, located at 580 Oblong Road in South Williamstown, grows vegetables, produces maple syrup and breeds stock and fiber-quality alpacas. It is owned and operated by the Phelps family.

Firefighters from Williamstown, North Adams, Hancock, New Ashford and Pownal, Vt., responded to the fire, which broke out between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Clarksburg also sent a tanker. Stamford, Vt., covered the Williamstown station during the blaze.

No one was injured in the blaze,

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Suspected Pittsfield Arsonist Arraigned
Staff Reports,
07:50PM / Thursday, February 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man accused of setting fires in four places in September was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.   Phillip Jordan is facing four counts of burning a dwelling house. He was ordered by Judge John Agostini to be held without bail. Jordan is being represented by Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo.   The charges originated from fires allegedly intentionally set on September 22, 2018. That evening there were four fires started - the largest at Jordan's home on Appleton Avenue. The other firsts were reported on Fort Hill Avenue, Ridge Avenue, and then on Brown Street.    No one was injured in any of the blazes.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 13
Staff Reports,
04:12PM / Friday, February 15, 2019
  , 22, of Holyoke was arraigned on charges of illegal possession of a firearm - his second offense - illegal possession of heroin with intent to distribute, armed career felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.   The charges stem from a traffic stop in Pittsfield on November 10, 2018. Calderon was ordered to be held on $10,000 bail.   38, of North Adams was arraigned on charges of heroin, trafficking in cocaine, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification

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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Spectrum Health In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever,
11:08AM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Spectrum Health on Merrill Road Thursday morning.   Police say an individual called the facility at 10:10 a.m. saying there was a bomb in the building was would explode 10 minutes later.   Police, fire, and paramedics responded and performed a search of the building.   "We received a call for a bomb threat at this establishment today. Upon arrival staff already had everybody evacuated from the building. At that time, staff, Pittsfield Police Department, and the Pittsfield Fire Department did a thorough search of the premise and did not locate any device,"

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